Community IPM Program

Our one-of-a-kind Community Program ensures that all of New York’s 20 million residents find safe and effective ways to manage the pests that infest our schools, damage our landscapes, contaminate our food and living spaces, and pose risks to human health.

What's Bugging You?

A guide to help you learn to identify, understand and safely manage the critters found in and around your home, garden, school, places of work and worship.

Public Health

Don't Get Ticked NY

Ticks and tick-borne diseases have become a significant public health issue in New York, with different tick species and diseases currently present and spreading within the state and region. 

Water Quality

Our Land Our Water

Measurable levels of lawn chemicals are consistently found in Long Island’s municipal wells. Although much of Long Island’s drinking water is filtered, it can cost millions of taxpayer dollars to remove chemicals and deliver clean safe water. 

We can protect our water by adopting better landscaping techniques.

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Sea shore with a lighthouse in the background

Schools and Daycare Centers

School IPM Best Practices

Easy-to-use information to assist implementation of integrated pest management on school property and facilitate reduced dependence on pesticides build in collaboration with the Northeastern IPM Center.

Structural pests

Pests in homes and other buildings

Landscape IPM

Lawns, yards, gardens, parks and golf courses

Gardening Resources

Integrated Pest Management for Your Home and Garden: Solutions to Pest Problems in the Northeastern United States

This guide explains how to use Integrated Pest Management to augment flower and vegetable gardening skills, written especially for gardeners in the Northeastern United States. Topics covered include basics of Integrated Pest Management, gardening basics, and solutions to common pest problems of flowers and vegetables.

  • Front Matter: Cover, Credits, and Table of Contents [pdf]
    Front Cover, Credits, and Table of Contents for Integrated Pest Management for Your Home and Garden: Solutions to Pest Problems in the Northeastern United States

  • Chapter One: Your Yard, Your Microcosm: IPM Basics [pdf]
    Your yard isn’t a truly natural setting—the lawn, trees, flowers, and garden all need to be maintained. By better understanding the biology of what’s living and growing—and using soil, water, and air—you can have healthy plants that can tolerate their pests. No one has a pest-free environment, but you can integrate many methods to make them minimal, manageable, and safe.

  • Chapter Two: Garden Basics: Your Eyes are the Best Tools in the Garden [pdf]
    We all enjoy appreciating a beautiful, healthy garden that enriches all our senses. To get the most out of your garden, get out there and look. Often. Look closely throughout the seasons. Monitoring your plants is the best way to reduce problems early. Proactive rather than reactive – that’s IPM.

  • Chapter Three: Your Beautiful Flower Garden [pdf]
    In the northeast especially, we enjoy the greens of our surroundings, but the color and texture of blossoms really do make us take a second look. Whether it’s one planter on your patio, or a show-stopping garden, healthy happy flowers are a delightful addition to your property.

  • Chapter Four: Your Bountiful Vegetable Garden [pdf]
    Nothing is as satisfying as success with a plant you can grow, nurture, harvest and enjoy. From the ground up, planning and knowing your vegetable plants’ needs is the basis for success. Dig in to our vegetable chapter time and again and Enjoy!